February 12, 2016

Contact: Kirsten Vinther

Registration Open for 14th Cal Poly Social Justice Conference, Feb. 19-20

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action will host the 14th annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice Conference from Feb. 19-20 on campus. The event is open to all.

Registration is underway for the event that will feature more than 20 workshops on a variety of social issues presented by Cal Poly professors, community members, leaders of nonprofit organizations and university students.

The annual conference seeks to empower students and residents to challenge stereotypes, demand solutions, and use education and action to make lasting change.

The preconference cost is $15 for Cal Poly students and $20 for community members. It includes all workshops and speakers, as well as breakfast, lunch, a reusable bag and access to a community resource fair.

The conference kicks off the evening of Friday, Feb. 19, in the center of campus with Cal Poly’s annual slam poetry competition, The Anthem, at the University Union, Room 220. Poets will recite works inspired by their reactions to social justice issues.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, the conference gets underway in Chumash Auditorium in the University Union with a full day of four sessions and five tracks. 

Keynote speaker is Justin Zoradi, director of These Numbers Have Faces, a nonprofit devoted to investing in the next generation of African change-makers by providing college scholarships for students in South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda. Zoradi founded the organization in 2007.

To register, visit For more information or updates, email or call 756-5120.

Cal Poly’s Center for Service in Action offers a variety of service, education and events focused on connecting university students with opportunities to explore social justice issues and their roles in social change.

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